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Project SHARE Curriculum: Introduction to Policy

Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment

Introduction to Policy

In the Introduction to Policy lesson, students will identify steps in creating a policy and analyze how public health policies and government regulations influence health promotion and disease prevention.  Students will learn skills to think critically as they analyze a policy issue – the implementation of a new school nutritional policy.


  • Define policy
  • Identify steps in creating a policy
  • Apply how health policies can be applied to a high school setting


  • Instructor computer and projector

National Health Education Standards that Align with the Introduction to Policy Lesson

  • 2.12.10 Analyze how public health policies and government regulations can influence health promotion and disease prevention
  • 8.12.3  Work cooperatively as an advocate for improving personal, family, and community health.

National Strategies that Align with the SHARE Curriculum

Healthy People 2020 Objectives

AH-2      Increase the proportion of adolescents who participate in extracurricular and/or out-of-school activities.

AH-3.2   Increase the proportion of parents who attend events and activities in which their adolescents participate.

National Partnership for Action

Goal 1         Awareness - Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the nation, and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.

Strategy 2:  Develop and support partnerships among public, nonprofit, and private entities to provide a comprehensive infrastructure to increase awareness, drive action, and ensure accountability in efforts to end health disparities and achieve health equity across the lifespan.

Goal 2:        Leadership - Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels.

Strategy 7:  Invest in young people to prepare them to be future leaders and practitioners by actively engaging and including them in the planning and execution of health, wellness and safety initiatives.